An economy based on honest goods of quality will reward those who create goods of reason and purpose. Creating a useful thing and doing it well is its own reward. Economic compensation must ultimately be based on the source of labor. People, given choice and opportunity, will do whatever they must in the best way they can given their individual ways.
An economy will struggle if it cannot reward the writer who has something to say from real life populated by real people. If it cannot reward such a writer, literature will grow myopic, drawn away from its sources of honest inspiration.